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New events venue to open in Cayce’s River Arts District

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A new events venue, the second business venture of an established area public relations professional, will open in Cayce on June 3.

State & Frink will feature a large art gallery showcasing the works of members of the Cayce Arts Guild that can be configured for social gatherings, corporate events and family celebrations, according to a news release. The events venue is owned by Ashley Hunter, a former lobbyist and political strategist who has been CEO of MPA Strategies for nearly a decade.

State & Frink is located at 2025 State St. in the revitalized Cayce River Arts District.

“Launching a new business feels intimidating and thrilling all at the same time,” Hunter said in the release. “As our state reopens, there is a need for spaces that feel safe while also being versatile and affordable so that businesses, nonprofits, organizations and families can begin to come together once again.”

Hunter learned that the space was becoming available through her work to promote the arts district with MPA Strategies. She said its central location close to other area businesses, as well as its distinctive design, made it ideal.

“This beautiful building in the heart of historic Cayce is adorned with a striped mural design and is located in an area ripe with revitalized buildings and green spaces,” she said. “The building is surrounded by a hub of art, murals and creative businesses.”

The space can hold up to 75 people, with plans for an outdoor space to open in the fall.

The business will feature a preferred vendor list, with discounts available to renters who use listed event vendors. Businesses interested in becoming a preferred vendor can apply online.

“We are so thrilled to have this beautiful gallery space at State & Frink,” Renea Eshleman, president of the Cayce Arts Guild, said in the release. “The current exhibit includes 41 pieces of art created by 20 members of the guild. We look forward to hosting workshops where attendees will be able to see, create and learn about all forms of art.”

Local artists will be on hand at a public premiere of the venue at 10 a.m. June 3. Light refreshments from area vendors will be served.  

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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